A Chocolate Natural History of Costa Rica

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Lee Mccoy | 0 Comments

Here I look at the history of cocoa in Costa Rica: how it was used, where it is grown, the issues faced by cocoa growers and what types of chocolate you can expect.

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Cocoa from Panama

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Lee Mccoy | 0 Comments

Panama only produces a very small fraction of the world's total cocoa production, but it shouldn't be underestimated or ignored. Here I look at the natural history of cocoa from this important region and what you can expect from chocolate produced from the beans.

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Does Ethical Chocolate Taste Better?

Posted on January 14, 2015 by Lee Mccoy | 1 Comment

To some cacao is a commodity. They buy and sell it. To others it is their sole livelihood and to yet more it is an absolute passion.

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Indonesian Cacao

Posted on January 09, 2015 by Lee Mccoy | 0 Comments

A look at how cacao was introduced and developed in Indonesia and what sort of chocolate you can buy that is produced from Indonesian cacao.

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10 Things That Need To Change About The Fine Chocolate Industry in 2015

Posted on December 27, 2014 by Lee Mccoy | 1 Comment

The fine chocolate industry has made staggering gains in 2014. New makers are seemingly appearing out of nowhere. But there is a huge amount of work needed to protect the long-term supply of fine flavour cacao and create a sustainable industry for all.

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Why You Should Attend The Chocolate Festival this Weekend in London

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Lee Mccoy | 0 Comments

The Chocolate Festival in London is a great way to top up on you chocolate stocking fillers and find out about your favourite makers first-hand.

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Finding Out If Just Anyone Can Make Chocolate - A Personal Journey

Posted on November 30, 2014 by Lee Mccoy | 0 Comments

I've written countless times about the difficulties that chocolate makers face when creating chocolate that you'll enjoy. So I've bought some dried beans and a wet grinder to see how I get on.

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